This course studies what is language and what does knowledge of a language consist of.
It asks how do children learn languages and is language unique to humans; why are there many languages; how do languages change; is any language or dialect superior to another; and how are speech and writing related. Context for these and similar questions is provided by basic examination of internal organization of sentences, words, and sound systems. No prior training in linguistics is assumed.
- Morphology lectures summary Unlimited
- Phonetics lectures summary Unlimited
- Phonology vs. phonetics Unlimited
- Writing systems as a technology for representing speech Unlimited
- Syntactic categories (noun, verb, etc.) Unlimited
- Acquisition of syntax lecture summary Unlimited
- Historical change lectures summary Unlimited
- Historical change lectures slides Unlimited
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